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How to get over gym anxiety and improve your fitness with reformer Pilates

If you are someone who feels anxious simply at the thought of entering a gym, you’re not alone.

In fact, these feelings are so widespread that the term “gymtimidation” has been coined to describe the discomfort and overwhelm one can experience around going to the gym. 

For those seeking a welcoming alternative to the gym, your local KX Pilates studio can have you working out with confidence and making continuous improvements towards your goals. 

So how do you know if “gymtimidation” is affecting you?

Here are 5 signs you may be experiencing gym anxiety:

  1. You make excuses not to go to the gym
  2. You consistently choose home workouts or outdoor activities over the gym
  3. You worry about what you look like at the gym You feel others are judging you based on your fitness level or physique
  4. You only use certain machines or areas of the gym because other areas make you feel intimidated or uncomfortable.

As a result, you might not be getting the most out of your workouts, or might lack the consistency needed, and your progress towards your fitness goals stalls. 


How can you overcome gymtimidation?

Here are our top 3 tips for overcoming gym anxiety with KX Pilates:

  1. Start small: you don’t have to go all-in from day 1! Try a KX Pilates Beginner class, designed to ease you into reformer Pilates. Your KX Trainer will get you acquainted with the basics of the reformer machine and the KX workout. With only 12-14 clients per class, expect to feel totally supported as you start your reformer Pilates journey.
  2. Go with a friend: you can motivate each other and keep each other accountable — trying something new can feel overwhelming in the beginning but by sticking to it together, you’ll feel the benefits in just 5 sessions. After 20 sessions you will see a difference and after 30 sessions you will have a whole new KX body! Plus, your friend and you can go out for brunch or dinner afterwards!
  3. Feel supported by your KX Trainer: as mentioned, your KX Trainer will be there to guide you through every movement, making sure you’re using the right form and technique. If you’re quickly getting the hang of things, your KX Trainer will offer you exercise progressions to continue challenging your body. 

Doing some “homework” beforehand can also help your gym anxiety — read about what to expect from your first KX Pilates class and what to bring here. By feeling prepared, you can feel more confident and hopefully even excited! We’re ready to support you today and if you’d like to trial KX, redeem our introductory offer: 5 classes for $60.


What makes the KX Pilates studio different?

KX Pilates is a different kind of fitness experience. Combining traditional reformer Pilates principles with progressive techniques, we curate full-body 50-minute workouts designed to challenge every body.

Here are some reasons why you might prefer KX Pilates and our studios over a traditional gym.

Small group classes

KX Pilates classes generally have a smaller number of participants; this means the environment feels less intimidating and that you will receive more individual attention to make sure you are doing exercises correctly and safely.

Group classes also generate an awesome energy and motivation that you might not experience when working out alone.

 All levels are welcome

KX workouts are designed to be adapted to all fitness levels from Beginner to Advanced. With 3 class levels and varied levels of resistance on our reformer machines, you can tailor the exercises to meet your needs and progress at your own pace. 

This progression also helps keep workouts interesting, which can engage you to stay consistent.

Not sure which class or level of resistance is right for you? That brings us to our next point…

Highly qualified and personable trainers

KX Trainers are not just fitness professionals with industry qualifications; they also have a passion for helping people take their health and fitness to the next level. Our KX Trainers proudly create a fun, inclusive atmosphere in their classes with a focus on building positive relationships. 

A sense of community

We make sure everyone feels welcome at KX Pilates through creating studios that are modern, clean and bright and emphasising the importance of community. We actively encourage supportive interactions between our members. This warm and inclusive environment ensures everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.

And if you are confident in a gym? KX workouts can be a fun and challenging way to change up your fitness routine and try something new — and with our introductory offer of 5 classes for $60 (just $12 per class), there’s truly nothing to lose by giving it a go.


How does Pilates change your body?

KX Pilates can positively impact both your physical and mental health.

Our dynamic full-body workouts target all muscle groups, including some which may be missed by traditional methods of training. This helps correct imbalances to rehabilitate existing injuries and prevent new ones.

KX workouts have an emphasis on building core strength, which can enhance your everyday and athletic performance through improved balance, stability and agility. 

Thanks to the combination of traditional reformer Pilates principles with the dynamism of circuit training, KX workouts are also high-intensity workouts, resulting in cardiovascular health benefits.

Additionally, the focus on controlled breathing helps deliver relaxation benefits and reduce stress levels. 


How do I know if KX Pilates is for me?

Determining if KX Pilates is the right fit for you will largely depend on your fitness goals and personal preferences. 

For example, if you love dynamic, high-intensity and structured workouts that are delivered in a positive group setting, we’d bet a reformer machine that you will enjoy KX Pilates! 

If you have questions, visit a KX Pilates studio and have a chat with our KX Trainers.


Try KX Pilates for yourself today for only $12 a class

The best way to know if KX Pilates is for you is to try a class! We have an incredible introductory offer for you; 5 classes over 14 days for only $60. 

With more than 100 KX Pilates studios Australia-wide and over 4,500 classes every week, it’s never been more accessible for you to start training harder and smarter using the KX methodology.

Redeem your offer with no lock-in contracts (T&Cs apply) and experience a KX workout, shake up your fitness routine and wave goodbye to gym anxiety.


We’re Australia’s largest reformer Pilates brand, running 60+ reformer workouts a week at over 95 locations Australia-wide, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. No matter how you choose to KX, we focus on fitting full-body workouts around you.

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